Over the summer of 2022, between mid-May and Mid-September, I am attempting an ambitious challenge. I plan to create four distinct theatre projects completely from scratch. Due to the nature of my lifestyle (full time dad, other projects, travel, etc.) and practicality of the time available to me, this challenge is well outside my comfort zone. Updates to come on whether I succeed or not.
Theatre needs an audience and that audience needs to be in the same space as the performers for the act of theatre to exist. But with stay-at-home orders and venues shut down for the time being, a lot of theatre makers are finding it hard to stop making stuff. There is a desperate grasping to adapt projects for shoddy online experiements like zoom play readings, facebook live performances, releasing Instagram posts of old footage and production photos to remind subscribers and patrons we’re still here and so on.
Oh, fellow theatre-makers, avoid the low-hanging fruit of online projects and take the opportunity, during the Covid-19 situation, to shake the yoke of creation addiction and chill for a bit. Really reflect on what the future could be.
I created a new one-man show recently. I essentially wrote, designed and rehearsed it in about 5 weeks. In this episode I discuss the reception after opening night. I also talk about handling creative burnout.
This is a two-parter. If you haven’t listened to episode 17, I recommend doing that first.
I created a new one-man show recently. I essentially wrote, designed and rehearsed it in about 5 weeks. In this episode I discuss that process leading up to the world premiere opening night. In particular, I discuss the resistance I came up against that drained my time, energy and concentration, and how I saw this project through, despite teetering on creative burnout.
Idea debt is a concept coined by graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi. The concept could be described as holding onto ideas until they lose their luster and the psychic weight that comes with the burden of hanging onto them. We tell ourselves we’ll get around to this or that idea, and a backlog forms, putting us further and further into this creative sense of debt.
In this episode, I talk about this concept and some steps that can be taken to counter it.